Court docket stops Igbo’s New Yam competition in Kano

The 12 months 2020 proposed New Yam Competition by Ndigbo residing in Kano State has been placed on maintain because the Excessive Court docket has issued an ex parte movement, stopping the actions till the listening to of the substitutive movement earlier than it.

The Excessive Court docket presided by Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu, stopped the Ndigbo from performing the New Yam Competition (Iwaji 2020) rituals scheduled to carry on Sunday (tomorrow) in Kano.

The court docket, in Go well with No. Ok/322/2020, additionally restrained one Ikechukwu Oliver Akpudo from organising, assembling individuals and celebrating the Iwaji or any competition that has to do with Ndigbo residing in Kano.

Justice Adamu directed the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani, to make sure Akpudo, different Igbo natives and most people adjust to the court docket order.

“Order of interim injunction is hereby retraining the defendant (Akpudo), whether or not by himself, by any of his brokers, servants, successors or privies, from presiding over, supervising, convening, assembling, summoning, celebrating, organising and partaking in a New Yam Competition (Iwaji Competition 2020) scheduled to carry on Sunday, September 27, 2020,” the court docket stated.

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The court docket additional stopped Akpudo from finishing up any occasion or different events in any respect pertaining to Igbos in Kano State, pending listening to and dedication of the Movement on Discover filed by Igwe Boniface. The court docket mounted October 7 for listening to.

In the meantime, the Igbo conventional ruler in Kano, His Highness Igwe (Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe Ide I, Ezedioranma IV, has hailed the court docket’s verdict.

Dr. Boniface, who can also be the President-Common of Igbo Conventional Rulers within the Diaspora, instructed DAILY POST that the stated Akpudo has been parading himself because the Igwe V of the Indigbo in Kano.

It was gathered that Boniface can also be recognised by the Abdullahi Ganduje administration because the genuine conventional ruler of the Indigbo in Kano State.

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“The court docket had initially restrained Akpudo and requested him to pay me the sum of N2 million, as damages, for disturbing me on the throne. He has not paid the cash, but, he went forward to ask individuals for an Igbo New Yam Competition.

“He additionally wrote letters to outstanding Igbo personalities promising to offer them chieftaincy titles throughout his purported occasion. So, I and my cupboard members, as law-abiding residents, needed to go to court docket to cease him.

“How can somebody wakes up instantly and begins to parade himself as my successor when I’m nonetheless alive, nonetheless on the throne and performing my duties diligently because the genuine Eze Indigbo in Kano?,” Dr. Boniface who has been on the throne for 10 years queried.

The Igbo monarch appealed to the Igbos in Kano to be calm, that the New Yam Competition (Iwaji) will likely be celebrated at an acceptable time in accordance with the Igbo custom.

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